Thomson Cruises and Island Cruises have merged into one business under the TUI Travel umbrella and their cruise holidays enable you to island hop without any hassle. You can explore several different countries during the same holiday using the ship as your floating hotel. With Staff on hand to pamper you from the moment you arrive, it means you're free to relax and enjoy the first-class cuisine and entertainment.
Island Escape Cruise
Island Escape is the most laidback ship in the fleet, taking a more informal approach to life at sea. On the activities front, you can enjoy everything from pampering spa treatments and sports, to salsa classes and fruit carving demonstrations. And at night, it's all about side-splitting stand-up comedy, live bands and cabaret. As for restaurants, there are three to choose from, two of which offer bumper buffet spreads. Add an internet café, kids' club and several bars into the mix, and it's no wonder guests keep coming back for more.
At Island Cruises they know that every penny counts. That is why when you are on holiday with them, you are not just paying for a cabin and a new destination every day. Island cruises make sure pretty much everything – including those budget-breakers, food and entertainment is included in the price. Plus, because changing currency can sometimes be a hassle, everything onboard is priced in pound sterling. Island Cruises are all about pushing your pound further, so they will sort out all your tips onboard. That way you don't have to worry about how much.
ISLAND CRUISES LIFE ONBOARD SHIP
That's entertainment onboard a Island Cruise
West End-style shows, laugh-a-minute comedy and live music - entertainment tops the bill on their ships.
There's never a dull moment on the ships. Things start as they mean to go on with the Sail Away deck party. By day you've got everything from sports and competitions to plays and lectures. Come sundown it's all West End-style shows, cabaret and comedy from UK guest acts. Quieter nights involve picking a cosy spot in the bar, listening to the sounds of a classical duo or throwing down a chip or two in the casino. And if you just can't resist the call of the glitter-ball, take to the floor in the disco.
Amenities Onboard Island Escape Cruise Ship
3 restaurants, 6 bars, 3 lounges, swimming pool, internet café, video arcade, nightclub, casino
Ocean Theatre: The entertainment hub where West End-style shows, dazzling cabarets and UK comedy acts take centre-stage.
Bounty Lounge: Here it's all about game shows, late-night comedy and live music.
The Lookout: Panoramic views are the highlight of this bar, which doubles as a late-night disco.
Casino: Blackjack, roulette and poker are all up for grabs here, not to mention a range of gaming machines
Bars and Lounges
The Pub: Unwind with a pint at the ship's very own pub – it's just like your local.
Champions: A place for sport fans, this themed bar is stacked with memorabilia.
Café Brasil: Treat yourself to afternoon tea or a cappuccino, curl up with a book from the library or just take time out to browse the internet in this cosy café.
Mirage Bar: Al fresco drinks are on the menu at this poolside bar.
Sailaway Bar: This bar does exactly what it says on the tin - watch the world go by as you set sail.
Sundowner: The perfect place for pre-dinner drinks and live music
Other activities Onboard Island Escape Cruise Ship
Hair and Beauty Salon: This spa-like sanctuary offers the A to Z of hair, body and beauty treatments. It features separate male and female saunas, too.
Gym: Fully-equipped for cardio and resistance training.
Palmy's: Imaginative, entertaining and action-packed, Palmy's offers the very best in childcare and a daily programme of activities.
Gift shops, a cyber café and a video arcade complete the line-up.
Relaxing Cruises Onboard Island Cruise Ships
Everyone likes a bit of adventure but a holiday is all about taking it easy, too. So kick back, relax and do as little as possible.
Jeep safaris. Volcanic adventures. Tree-top tours. The places Thomson go to offer up plenty in the way of excitement. But when you're on holiday you want time to chill out, too. And the ships let you do exactly that. It's just like staying in a hotel, only this one works its way around the world while you're busy enjoying yourself.
Devote your day to lazing by the pool, listening to music and sipping cocktails. Find a quiet spot in one of the lounges, where you can read with no interruptions. Or hit the spa for a massage, manicure or facial. It's the perfect way to recharge your batteries before diving headlong into your next port.
ISLAND CRUISE DINING OPTIONS
Help yourself to something from the buffet or head for the restaurant and let the waiters take your order. On all ships, there's a dining scene to suit you.
Eating out – it's one of the best things about a holiday. And on a cruise there are so many choices. You can stick with home favourites like roast beef or fish and chips, or try a dish from the destination you're in, like Greek moussaka or a Moroccan lamb. And you're not confined to set meal times either – you can grab a pre-lunch slice of pizza out on deck or take afternoon tea in the lounge. In fact, you can get a bite to eat round the clock.
No one likes to be told when to eat. That is why on an Island Cruise, they don't have st dining times. It is up to you – not their chefs – to decide when you are hungry. There is always one of the buffets open, so whenever you're hungry they are ready.
Cabin service is available 24 hours a day on all ships (extra charge applies).
ONBOARD ISLAND ESCAPE CRUISE SHIP
Dining – Waiter Service
Oasis: Waiter service and chef's à la carte specials are the order of the day in this stylish eatery. Think grilled fillet steaks, fish dishes and desserts like amaretto crème brûlée and double chocolate cheesecake - all washed down with world-class wines. A cover charge applies and reservations are required.
Dining - Flexible Options
The Island Restaurant: Serving international and British buffets in spacious surroundings - open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Beachcomber Restaurant: Offering self-service buffets 24 hours a day, it's the perfect place for a light lunch or a late-night snack. Plus it regularly hosts international theme nights.
Room Service: Available 24 hours a day for an extra charge.
Island Cruises Dress Code - Casual
What to Wear Onboard Island Cruise Ships
On Island Escape you don't have to get all dressed- up for a relaxed meal. Just think of it as the opposite to school. There are no timetables and no uniform spot checks. It is your choice when you eat and whether you wear jeans or a glam dress.
ISLAND CRUISE TIPS & GRATUITIES
For your greater convenience Island Cruises operate an automatic system whereby gratuities to your crew onboard have already been included in your cruise fare. Additional rewards for exceptional service from a particular crew member is at your discretion.
ISLAND CRUISE SPECIAL OCCASIONS
Celebrate in Style Onboard Island Cruise Ships
With this one, a chilled bottle of Moet, chocolate-dipped strawberries and flowers will be waiting in your cabin when you arrive. Plus you'll get a Continental breakfast, and a cake, card and photograph – perfect if you're celebrating something special.
Honeymooners Onboard Island Cruise Ships
A bottle of Moet & Chandon, a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates, all waiting for you in your cabin. What's more, you'll get a table for two reserved in both the restaurant and the show lounge on Gala night. Not available on the Island Escape.
Blessings at Sea Onboard Island Cruise Ships
If you're already married, Thomson can arrange a blessing at sea for you? The ceremony will be conducted by the captain or a senior officer. You'll have dinner with the captain. Plus you'll get a sparkling wine toast, a bouquet, a photograph and a cake, not to mention champagne and canapes.
Special Extras Onboard Island Cruise Ships
Get your cruise off to a flying start and have a bottle of champagne, fresh flowers, a celebration cake or some chocolate-dipped strawberries waiting for you in your cabin.
Champagne Breakfast Onboard Island Cruise Ships
Wake up to a Continental breakfast in bed, with chilled Moet & Chandon and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Just let the ship know which day you'd like it served.
ISLAND CRUISE KIDS CLUB
Family Cruise Onboard Island Cruise Ships
With Kidzone and Palmy children's club, your kids will be entertained all day long. When you take your children on holiday, the last thing you want to hear is 'I'm bored'. Luckily keeping your kids on the go isn't a problem on Thomson ships. The action-packed clubs are two of the best. Thomson's Kidzone offers junior cruisers aged 3 to 12-year-olds a place to make new friends, while Island Cruises' Palmy provides plenty of fun for young cruisers 3 to 11-year-olds. They're both brimming with creative play, there's everything from storytelling to team challenges and mini discos on the activity menu. Plus they've put children's choices in the eateries to make picking child-sized portions a piece of cake and with out child-friendly offers you get more for your money on their cruises.
Children and Cruising Onboard Island Cruise Ships
Cruises are most enjoyable for children between the ages of three and sixteen, especially when older children have begun to study other cultures. On all ships, children should be supervised at all times. Here are a few tips to make a family cruise go smoothly.
- Talk about the ports and the cruise with your child before you travel.
- Be realistic about how much sightseeing the family can do; choose the occasional optional excursion to the beach instead of more sightseeing.
- Ask your family doctor about child-safe medicines to tackle the unexpected touch of seasickness.
Infants and Cruising Onboard Island Cruise Ships
Infants under the age of 2 now have an individual luggage allowance of 10kg. Folding pushchairs and wheelchairs do not count as part of your baggage allowance, however you will not be charged to carry them when travelling on their in-house airline.
Kids' Menu Onboard Island Cruise Ships
Children enjoy their very own menu, with home-from-home dishes and smaller portions available on all ships.
ISLAND CRUISE SPECIAL NEEDS
Less Mobile Passengers Onboard Island Cruise Ships
Less mobile passengers who require a wheelchair for use ashore only must bring their own standard size collapsible wheelchair. This will be retained for storage at the gangway. Only passengers booked in those cabins specially adapted for wheelchair use will be able to use their wheelchairs around the ship.
Thomson regret the number of passengers using wheelchairs on their vessels is restricted. Therefore you must contact us at Planet Cruise with details before booking your holiday. Passengers who need to use a wheelchair onboard must reserve one of the designated cabins. Thomson Celebration, Island Escape and Thomson Spirit have four, whilst Thomson Destiny has two as shown on the deck plans. These cabins have private facilities adapted for wheelchair users and have special access. Only standard size collapsible wheelchairs can be accepted. Due to narrow corridors and ledges it is particularly difficult to move around The Calypso in a wheelchair. Thomson regret that battery operated wheelchairs or scooters cannot be accepted onboard any vessel. There are no cabins aboard The Calypso with facilities adapted for wheelchair users. Passengers confined to wheelchairs will not be able to go ashore in ports where a tender to shore is necessary. Depending on the port and tidal levels, it may not always be possible for these passengers to leave the ship at all due to gangway access. Passengers using a wheelchair onboard must be accompanied by a fit and able companion able to assist them. If you are unable to use coach transfers or require assistance at the airport, assistance and taxis can be pre-booked at a charge through the Thomson Cruises Special Assistance Team, proof of need will be required at the time of booking, such as your registered disabled number or a letter from your doctor.
Pregnancy Onboard Ships
You can sail with up to the 28th week of pregnancy. To be sure you can travel it is wise to talk to your doctor. Please note: most insurance policies (including our insurance) cover only up to the 28th week of pregnancy.